Colonials Lose Shootout, 76-70, at BYU
Dec. 7, 2004
PROVO, UT - The GW women's basketball team (3-3) got career performances from seniors Anna Montañana (25 points) and Jessica Simmonds (23 points), but BYU (4-1) shot 60 percent from the field after halftime and made 10 free-throws in the final 47 seconds to hold on for a 76-70 triumph against the Colonials on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Marriott Center.
Montañana, the league's reigning Player of the Week, connected on 9-of-16 shots from the floor, including a career-best five three pointers against the Cougars. Simmonds hit 10 of her 17 field goal attempts and was 3-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game. Both players had 17 second-half points and combined for 34 of GW's 42 points after halftime, but BYU was 17-of-28 from the field in the second stanza, including 6-for-11 from behind the arc. The Cougars also made 14-of-16 free throws in the second frame to outscore the Colonials by 12 after the intermission.
With GW trailing by five, 66-61, and 47 seconds left, the Colonials were forced to foul to stop the clock, but BYU hit all 10 of its foul shots in the final minute to overcome nine points by Montañana in that same span (all on three-pointers) and preserve the six-point triumph.
In a game full of scoring spurts, the Cougars used a 10-0 run to turn a 33-26 deficit into a 36-33 lead with 15:38 to play in the contest. BYU's Mallary Gillespie scored six point during the run on a pair of three-pointers. The Cougars held a 47-40 margin at the 11:38 mark, but GW reeled off eight straight points of its own to take 48-47 lead at 8:19. GW increased its advantage to four, 53-49, on a three by Montañana with 6:27 left, but a three by the Cougars' Ambrosia Anderson and layup by Kristen Kozlowski off a Colonials' turnover put BYU in front, 54-53, at the 4:37 mark. Another three by Montañana knotted the contest at 56 a minute later, but Kozlowski drilled a triple on BYU's next possession to stake the Cougars to a 59-56 edge. A pair of Simmonds free-throws cut the Cougars' lead to one, but a basket by Anderson and three straight points by Julie Sullivan put BYU in front 64-58 with 2:07 left. Freshman Kimberly Beck canned a trifecta to make it a one possession game with 1:54 remaining, but BYU's Danielle Cheesman converted a layup at the 1:20 mark to make the score 66-61, setting the stage for the final minute.
Montañana added five rebounds and five assists to her stat line. She moved ahead of Myriah Lonergan and into 10th place all-time at GW with 346 career helpers. Beck finished with seven points and a personal-best seven assists. Simmonds led the Colonials with six rebounds and sophomore Kenan Cole contributed a career-best three steals.
BYU had five players score in double figures. Anderson led the way with 19 points, including three three-pointers. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Kozlowski and Cheesman each contributed 14 points and Kozlowski notched seven boards and Cheesman grabbed eight. Sullivan added 13 points, while Gillespie finished with 11.
GW scored the first four points of the game before the Cougars used an 11-4 run to take an 11-8 lead with 15:35 remaining in the first half. With score tied at 20, the Colonials outscored BYU, 8-2, to take a 28-22 lead at the break.
Both teams shot the ball well from the field. BYU made 27-of-54 attempts from the floor (50 percent) and GW was 28-of-59 shooting (47.5 percent). BYU held the advantage in the rebound column, 36-28.
GW returns to the floor on Sunday, Dec. 12 when it plays at Virginia Commonwealth. Tip off is set for 2:00 p.m.